MOCA Commissions Mural, Then Whitewashes It

MOCA Commissions Mural, Then Whitewashes It --Artwork Painted Over Day Before Media Preview of New Show 09 Dec 2010 It seemed a novel idea: In advance of its recently announced April 2011 show on street art, the Museum of Contemporary Art offered one of its walls to a prominent street artist. The artist, an Italian who goes by the name Blu, finished the work. This morning, the museum painted over it. The paint was hardly dry on the mural, which covered the entire north-facing wall of MOCA’s Geffen Contemporary with depictions of wooden caskets draped in dollar bills, when the museum literally whitewashed the piece.

Madoff son found dead in NYC in apparent 'suicide'

Madoff son found dead in NYC in apparent 'suicide' [While leaving his two-year-old son alone in home - yeah, right!] 11 Dec 2010 Bernard Madoff's eldest son was found dead of an apparent suicide Saturday on the second anniversary of his father's arrest, according to police and a lawyer for the family. Mark Madoff, 46, was found dead in his apartment in Manhattan's fashionable SoHo section, according to police department spokesman Paul Browne. A relative notified police around 7:30 a.m. His body was found hanging from a dog leash that had been fashioned into a noose and strung over a pipe in the ceiling of his living room, according to a law enforcement official.

US to ship sniper rifles to Afghanistan

US to ship sniper rifles to Afghanistan [Insert eye-roll *here.*] 11 Dec 2010 As the violence against US-led soldiers in Afghanistan peaks, the US Army is shipping a new batch of rifles to the country in an effort to enable snipers to hit targets at long distances. The XM2010 rifle can hit a target at a distance of approximately 1,200 meters, which is some 400 meters (a quarter mile) farther than the weapon currently used by the United States Army since 1988, USA Today reported on Saturday.

US-led airstrike kills 7 Afghan civilians

US-led airstrike kills 7 Afghan civilians 11 Dec 2010 At least seven Afghan civilians have been killed during the latest spate of US-led air strike in Afghanistan amid the rise in civilian casualties in the war-torn country. The attack took place in Zarmat district in Paktia province on Saturday as a group of Afghan road construction workers were working on a project, a Press TV correspondent reported.

US-led soldier killed in Afghanistan

US-led soldier killed in Afghanistan 10 Dec 2010 Another US-led foreign soldier has been killed in a roadside bomb blast in southern Afghanistan, the Netherlands-based BNO News has reported. The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said the serviceman was killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) in southern Afghanistan on Friday.

Senate to Consider Tax-Cut Bill That Would Add $857 Billion to U.S. Debt

Senate to Consider Tax-Cut Bill That Would Add $857 Billion to U.S. Debt 10 Dec 2010 Senate leaders released an agreement crafted by the White House and Republicans to sustain Bush-era tax rates through 2012, set the estate tax at the lowest rate in 80 years, extend jobless aid and cut payroll taxes by 2 percentage points. The legislation would add $857 billion to the federal debt over 10 years, government analysts said.

Al Qaeda Looks to Make New 'Friends' -- on Facebook

Al Qaeda Looks to Make New 'Friends' -- on Facebook 09 Dec 2010 If you're on Facebook, Al Qaeda [al-CIAduh] wants to friend you. Terrorist groups are using Facebook to share operational information and to target, recruit and radicalize members of the general public, according to a Department of Homeland Security report obtained by FoxNews.com. The DHS report, "Terrorist Use of Social Networking Sites: Facebook Case Study," notes while terrorists have been using social networking sites for quite some time, their strategies for exploiting Facebook have evolved and that they have learned "the inherent value in exploiting a non-ideological medium."

Facebook emerges as terrorist recruiting ground

Facebook emerges as terrorist recruiting ground --The US government has warned that terrorist groups like al-Qaeda are targeting Facebook as a prime recruitment ground. 10 Dec 2010 A Department of Homeland Security report said extremists had focused on the social networking website as a way to identify sympathisers and disseminate information on bomb making. It said terrorists are trying to exploit a "non-ideological medium" which allows them to reach a wider audience, and are specifically infiltrating Facebook because it has 500 million users.

With Obama, Clinton urges Dems to back tax deal

With Obama, Clinton urges Dems to back tax deal 10 Dec 2010 Bill Clinton implored Democrats to back the [insane] tax-cut deal that President Barack Obama negotiated with Republicans as the former president made a surprise appearance with Obama in the White House briefing room Friday -- and later took over the podium. "I don't believe there is a better deal out there," Clinton told reporters who'd been summoned at a moment's notice to see the former chief executive back the current one.

Royal protection officers 'seconds from drawing their guns on mob'

Royal protection officers 'seconds from drawing their guns on mob' after Camilla was hit in ribs by protester through car's open window --Student has surgery for blood clot on brain after 'he was hit on the head by a police truncheon' 10 Dec 2010 Royal protection officers were seconds from drawing their weapons after the Duchess of Cornwall was physically attacked by rioters, it emerged today. Camilla was prodded in the ribs with a stick through the open window of their Rolls-Royce as she and Charles were driven to the Royal Variety Performance at the London Palladium... A 20-year-old student was left unconscious with bleeding on the brain after a police officer hit him on the head with a truncheon, his mother has claimed.

Independent investigation urged into Royal security breach

Independent investigation urged into Royal security breach 10 Dec 2010 The royal security breach raises questions about the Metropolitan Police which must be investigated by a full independent inquiry, an MP said today. Tory backbencher Mark Pritchard insisted last night's incident involving the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall could not be left to an internal Scotland Yard investigation.

Mob must be punished, says Cameron

Mob must be punished, says Cameron 10 Dec 2010 David Cameron today demanded that tuition fee thugs face the "full force of the law" amid calls for an independent inquiry into the mob attack on the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. But the Prime Minister defended Scotland Yard's handling of the situation, insisting there was no excuse for the "appalling" violence and vandalism.

WikiLeaks hackers threaten British Government

WikiLeaks hackers threaten British Government --An army of computer hackers is planning to bring down British government websites if Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, is extradited to Sweden. 10 Dec 2010 The 1,500-strong network of online activists has already sabotaged the websites of MasterCard, Visa and the Swedish government with millions of bogus visits. The attacks, termed “Operation Payback”, came after the credit card companies and PayPal, an online payment firm, announced that they would no longer process donations to the anti-secrecy organisation.

Court rejects el-Masri suit against German gov't

Court rejects el-Masri suit against German gov't 10 Dec 2010 A German court rejected a lawsuit filed by Khaled el-Masri seeking to force Berlin into prosecuting suspected CIA agents who he alleges illegally detained [and tortured] him nearly eight years ago as part of the U.S. rendition program. The Cologne Administrative Court, in a ruling on Dec. 7, supported Berlin's decision not to seek the Americans' extradition after Washington told the Germans in 2007 it would reject any attempts to prosecute its agents, citing national security concerns. The ruling was published on Friday.

Unauthorized US strike kills 6 Pakistanis

Unauthorized US strike kills 6 Pakistanis 10 Dec 2010 A non-UN-sanctioned US drone attack has killed at least six people and wounded several others in troubled northwestern Pakistan, security officials say. The incident took place in the Datta Khel area of North Waziristan on Friday evening, a Press TV correspondent reported. CIA-operated drone planes fired four missiles at a vehicle allegedly carrying militants. While Washington claims the air raids target militants, official figures have revealed that most victims are civilians.

Assange Lawyers Prepare for U.S. Spying Indictment

Assange Lawyers Prepare for U.S. Spying Indictment --Attorney Says American Indictment Related to Espionage Act Expected Soon for Wikileaks Founder 10 Dec 2010 Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, the man behind the publication of more than a 250,000 classified U.S. diplomatic cables, could soon be facing spying charges in the U.S. related to the Espionage Act, Assange's lawyer said today. Jennifer Robinson, Assange's attorney, said a U.S. indictment of Assange was expected soon. Assange is already in custody in London on sexual assault charges including rape originating out of Sweden.

US pushed Germany not to arrest CIA agents: cables

US pushed Germany not to arrest CIA agents: cables 09 Dec 2010 Washington pressured Berlin not to enforce arrest warrants against CIA agents involved in the alleged 2003 abduction of a German citizen, leaked documents showed Thursday. The information, made public in diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks and first reported by the New York Times, involved Khaled el-Masri, a German citizen of Lebanese origin. In one of the most notorious examples of alleged "renditions" of "war on terror" suspects under the regime of former US president [sic] George W. Bush, Masri says he was abducted by US agents in Macedonia on December 31, 2003.

Royal car attacked as student rioters run riot in London

Royal car attacked as student rioters run riot in London 10 Dec 2010 Prince Charles and his wife Camilla came under attack and several government buildings were damaged during violent clashes between protesters and police after MPs voted narrowly to allow English universities to increase tuition fees. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were unharmed in the incident, which happened as they made their way to the Palladium Theatre for the Royal Variety Performance. But police and protesters were taken to hospital following a series of running battles in the Westminster area, after MPs voted to raise tuition fees to up to £9,000.

Protesters attack car carrying Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall

Protesters attack car carrying Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall --Rolls Royce carrying the Prince and Duchess of Cornwall targeted amid violence following victory for the Government in tuition fees vote. 09 Dec 2010 Demonstrators kicked the Rolls-Royce as it travelled to the Royal Variety Performance in central London. White paint and bottles were thrown over the car and a window shattered. The Prince and Duchess were “unharmed” and continued with their engagement at the London Palladium, a Clarence House spokesman said. The attack occurred on Regent Street at the end of a day of protest that turned into a riot and left 10 police officers injured, six of them seriously.

US Senate cancels vote on young illegals

US Senate cancels vote on young illegals 09 Dec 2010 The Senate democratic leadership cancelled Thursday’s planned vote on a landmark youth immigration bill that would give young illegals a path to citizenship, dealing a blow to the Obama administration’s tentative efforts on the thorny issue of immigration reform. The bill -- officially the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act but known as the Dream Act -- was passed by the House of Representatives on Wednesday night by a margin of 216-198, largely along partisan lines.

Deal Doesn't Help Workers Who've Already Exhausted Jobless Benefits

Deal Doesn't Help Workers Who've Already Exhausted Jobless Benefits By Michael Powell 08 Dec 2010 The recent tax compromise between President Obama and the Republicans may be packed with treats for the upper middle class and the wealthy, but its benefits for the unemployed are perhaps not quite what they appear. The 13-month extension of unemployment benefits offers no additional help for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who have already reached, or are fast approaching, the 99-week limit on unemployment benefits. By contrast, my colleague David Kocieniewski noted in his article on Wednesday that a quarter of the savings from this compromise will go to the wealthiest 1 percent.

WikiLeaks cables: Consult us before using intelligence to commit war crimes, US tells Uganda

WikiLeaks cables: Consult us before using intelligence to commit war crimes, US tells Uganda --US sought assurances that intelligence was being used 'in compliance with the law of armed conflict' during long-running Ugandan battle against Joseph Kony's rebel movement 08 Dec 2010 The US told Uganda to let it know when the army was going to commit war crimes using American intelligence -- but did not try to dissuade it from doing so, the US embassy cables suggest. The US was supporting the Ugandan government in its fight against rebel movement the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), providing information and $4.4m (£2.8m) worth of military hardware a year.

Holder Warns Congress Against Bill Banning Transfer of Guantanimo Detainees to U.S.

Holder Warns Congress Against Bill Banning Transfer of Guantanamo Detainees to U.S. 09 Dec 2010 Attorney General Eric Holder today sent a letter to leaders in the Senate warning them against legislation that would prohibit the transfer of Guantanamo Bay prison detainees to the United States for any purpose -- including to stand trial. The House approved the measure on Wednesday. Holder told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell that the proposal goes far beyond existing law and would hamper the Obama administration's attempts to prosecute the alleged terrorists in federal court or in military tribunals in the United States. It would also impede the administration's efforts to move the Guantanamo detainees and close the prison.

Ambassador singled out for TSA pat-down

Ambassador singled out for TSA pat-down 09 Dec 2010 Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton expressed concern Thursday over the pat-down of India's sari-clad ambassador to the U.S. at the airport here over the weekend, an incident that has prompted calls for an apology from Washington. Clinton told reporters in Washington that the State Department was looking into the incident, but didn't apologize. Ambassador Meera Shankar was selected for a pat-down Saturday by a Transportation Security Administration screener at Jackson-Evers International Airport.

Canada negotiating perimeter security deal with U.S.

Canada negotiating perimeter security deal with U.S. 09 Dec 2010 Stephen Harper’s Conservatives are negotiating a perimeter security agreement with the United States -- a deal designed to ensure the vital trade flow between Canada and its largest trading partner is not choked off by the aggressive U.S. security bureaucracy. "We intend to work together to defend and protect the land, maritime, air and cyberspace domains of both the United States and Canada and to enhance the security of our integrated transportation and communication networks," says a draft version of a declaration on a possible deal obtained by The Globe and Mail.

9/11 responders bill defeated by Senate GOP filibuster

9/11 responders bill defeated by Senate GOP filibuster 09 Dec 2010 Senate Democrats failed Thursday to win a procedural vote to open debate on a bill that would provide medical benefits and compensation for emergency workers who were first on the scene of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The motion for cloture, or to begin debate, needed 60 votes to pass due to a Republican filibuster, but fell short at 57-42 in favor. The House previously passed the bill on a mostly partisan 268-160 vote.

Senate blocks 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal

Senate blocks 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal 09 Dec 2010 The Senate has failed to get past a roadblock on a bill that would repeal the policy banning gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the military. The procedural vote failed, 57-40, and was mostly along party lines. Sixty votes were needed to move forward. The future of repeal is murky, since the lame-duck Congress is only in session for a few more weeks.

Aaron Sorkin brands Sarah Palin TV show 'a snuff film'

Aaron Sorkin brands Sarah Palin TV show 'a snuff film' --West Wing creator accuses contender for 2012 Republican presidential nomination of shooting an animal 'for political gain' 08 Dec 2010 West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin today gave Sarah Palin both barrels over her US TV reality show, accusing the contender for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination of shooting an animal "for political gain". Sorkin, writer of the recent Facebook movie The Social Network, also accused the Fox News contributor of making a "snuff film" after the latest episode of Sarah's Palin's Alaska featured the politician going hunting with her father and shooting a caribou. He described Palin as "deranged", a "witless bully" and a "phony pioneer girl".

Julian Assange put in segregation unit as lawyers aim for bail

Julian Assange put in segregation unit as lawyers aim for bail --Editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks transferred to segregation unit of Wandsworth prison, where authorities plan to give him limited internet access 09 Dec 2010 Julian Assange, the editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, has been transferred to the segregation unit of Wandsworth prison where the authorities are planning to give him limited access to the internet, it emerged tonight. Assange, the most famous inmate in the Victorian jail, met his legal team after being sent there on remand when he was refused bail on Tuesday.

WikiLeaks: Teenager arrested for 'revenge attacks'

WikiLeaks: Teenager arrested for 'revenge attacks' --A 16-year-old Dutch boy is facing up to six years in prison after admitting involvement in the cyber attacks against credit card companies that withdrew support for WikiLeaks. 09 Dec 2010 The boy was arrested in the early hours of Thursday morning after officers from the hi-tech crime unit of the Dutch national police force entered his home in The Hague while he slept. He confessed to "attacks on MasterCard and Visa" and is "probably part of a larger group of hackers", according to a statement released by the Dutch national prosecutor's office. Wim de Bruin, a spokesman for the prosecution service, said Dutch police were working with the FBI on an investigation into the hacking attack and expected to make several more arrests.

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